Fostering Opportunities foR Tomorrow's Engineers (FORTE)

The National Science Foundation's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) has awarded the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) with nearly $2 million to create the FORTE Program.  FORTE provides students with additional student support and enrichment programs, including:

These programs are designed to create a comfortable and creative environment for all new students.

Summer Enrichment Program: Your path to success

Want to experience college life, get a taste of engineering, and enhance your academic preparation – all before enrolling in the Fall? If you are a new freshman seeking calculus placement, then the FORTE Summer Enrichment Program is for you. The program will run June 20-July 17, 2010.  If you participate, you will:

  • Live in Sandburg Residence Hall with other engineering & computer science students
  • Receive a weekly meal stipend
  • Review pre-calculus (algebra and trigonometry) through both instructor-led and self-paced activities
  • Solve engineering problems and conduct experiments
  • Explore exciting fields such as biomechanics, alternative energy, medical imaging, and environmental protection
  • Meet other students, faculty, and industry partners through social events and field trips
  • Retake the math placement test at the end of the program
  • Earn a $1000 scholarship applicable to Fall tuition upon attaining calculus placement

How to join. At this time, there is no separate application process; just submit your admission application to UWM. Depending upon your admissions status, you may be required to participate in the summer enrichment program as outlined in your letter of admission, or you will be invited in the Spring after your math placement has been determined. Nevertheless, if you think this program is for you, please contact us early at or 414-229-4667.

Tip. All new freshmen will take the UW System Placement Tests. We strongly recommend that you prepare for these tests in advance – especially for math – visit here.

Engineering & Computer Science Residence: Live in a community with other scholars

Want to get to know your fellow students in a supportive environment and explore common topics of interest? Then the Engineering & Computer Science Residence is for you! Live in a residence hall area dedicated for students in engineering and computer science and participate in a variety:

  • Peer mentoring (see more information below)
  • Regular small-group study meetings (6-8 students per group)
  • Periodic seminars and field trips to explore engineering and computer science
  • Social activities to get to know your classmates and professors

How to join. All new freshmen and entry-level transfer students are eligible. Space is limited, so act early! The first step is to apply for admission by December 1 and request on-campus housing. Next be sure to select Innovation House when you submit your LLC application along with your University Housing contract.

Interested and would like more information? Please email or call 414-229-4667.

Peer Mentoring: Getting to know your way around

All new freshmen and entry-level transfer students are invited to join a peer mentoring group for their first year. Peer mentoring groups will meet about once per week will consist of 6-8 students with similar interests, led by an upper-class peer mentor. Peer mentors will coach students on problem-solving techniques, study tips, and general keys to success in campus life. Academic activities, professional explorations, and social events will be planned. Peer mentoring groups will work with the peer mentoring groups formed in the Engineering & Computer Science Residence, but students not living in the Residence are also welcome and encouraged to join a peer group.

How to join. All new freshmen and entry-level transfer students are eligible. After receiving admission into the College, you will be invited to a course registration session, at which time you will have the opportunity to register for a peer mentoring group. You will have further opportunities to register once you arrive on campus. Questions? Please email or call 414-229-4667.